Shortly after he qualified for the 2019 Georgia Recreation and Parks Association Class “B” state swim meet that took place in Tifton on July 12-13 eight-year old Cash Kirby admitted to being nervous about “how he was going to do there.”
By the end of the day, the nerves had been forgotten and the questions had been answered as Kirby, with a personal best time of 1:55.00, emerged a State Champion in the 100-yard individual medley and finished a respectable fourth in the 25-yard butterfly.
The individual medley consists of four 25-yard laps with the swimmer using a different stroke on each lap moving through the breaststroke, the backstroke, the butterfly and ending with freestyle swimming. The butterfly stroke uses a sweeping, arms over shoulders motion to move through water and relies heavily on upper body strength as opposed to most swimming strokes that rely on kicking.
When asked before the race which was his favorite, Kirby said he “liked them both equally.”